Day of Wrath Cometh: Opportunities Ahead?
By: Eric Gajewski
For the great day of their wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?
Every eagle should be excited for the great storm ahead! The Saints longed to live in our times to see the Mighty Hand of God at work against His enemies but even more so for the opportunities that will be presented to us in our daily lives. Yes, we are entering the worst period of human suffering thus the BEST time to sanctify our own souls. God wants to see all men saved but very few understand this gift of holy suffering. Due to self-love we seek to flee from suffering and yet if we do we will literally be running from our own sanctification. What are you willing to suffer for Christ? Do you choose to suffer in some areas but not in another because it is inconvenient? Do you only read about the Cross or do you embrace the crosses God gives you? Yes, the Day of Wrath is nearly here BUT do not miss out on the Wind of this Great Storm which seeks to rise us to new heights above the Storm itself! Therefore, remember that this work within you is Divine. Let the Master paint upon your surface that which pleases Him.
Physical Fortress or Spiritual Fortress?. Yes we must defend against the enemies of God in a most literal sense but what is most important is the Fortress of the Soul. Therefore, analyze interiorly your progress or lack thereof in order to make sure you are making progress. Are you spending too much time in one area and not another? Are you balanced between the contemplative and active ways? Do you put the needs of others first or are yours the only thing that matters? Are you ready to die for the faithful, the Church and Christ or ready to go run to your underground bunker? Brethren, we have so many opportunities it is really frightening to think about how many we miss during the day to act on behalf of Selfless Love. The good news is that, like the driver’s test, we can, reschedule, so that we can get it right the next time. However, you will not succeed interiorly if you are overly distracted with worldly cares. The world sways to and fro and due to evil men changes her course BUT we can have the peace of God continually no matter what is going on in the world.
Crosses provide us with the opportunity to grow. Sadly, most are so self-absorbed they do not want to free themselves from this bondage. As Catholics it is demanded by Christ that EACH DAY (not once a week or once a month) we deny our self, take up our Cross and follow Him. When trial comes it is very natural to the Christian to run to Christ yet sadly in these modern times all too few are running to Him even as He did with His own Mother. That is why God will be sending such a Storm so that we can turn WHOLLY back unto Him. Many will only give so much of their hearts and O’ how this pains the Sacred Heart! Many left Christ when it was time for Him to suffer now what about you? Will you deny our Lord just because the “heat in the kitchen” is getting turned up alittle? God is looking to see how much you truly will give to Him. Will you give your body up for Him even as He did for thee? Or will you only give him that one hour on Sunday for Mass? Where do you fall in on Love’s timeline? A wife knows when Her husband has put very little thought into a gift given. How much more does the Beloved of souls know your very heart? He knows how much time you are giving Him and how much you can give Him? Remind yourself, this day, you were placed on this earth, to give glory to God, to become One with God, thus, talk to Him all day.
In my rather brief yet successful business career before Our Lord and Lady called me out of this world to evangelize...we had a saying. There are no problems only opportunities. If we see problems everywhere we have a tendency to become too negative and I believe this is true. Do not let the sad reality of our times get a hold of what you claim to possess within. The world cannot take what you have within therefore why worry which way the wind of this world blows? Be simple, humble and control what you can control. Look for those opportunities STARTING NOW before the Storm gets here and this transition will be only that more gratifying and rewarding (if God wills it). In the end we should only have a healthy fear of God and a genuine mistrust of our self. We must fight the self daily! The devil can only tempt BUT he cannot force us to concede. He cannot step over the boundaries of our will and force us to do anything so be on guard. Stay in prayer, read Scripture, the encyclicals, Councils, writings of the Saints, perform works of charity and do not be caught off guard. For in the end, we have all be given the card, an invite to our spiritual wedding but the Beloved hands it to us with the date left blanked. We do not know the day nor the hour God is coming for our souls therefore like a good house wife stay busy, Amen